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Open 9 Jan–22 Dec. Please see website for more details.

CASTLE BROMWICH HALL GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Chester Road
Castle Bromwich
Birmingham
B36 9BT

5 miles from city centre, just off B4114.

10 acres

Tel
0121 7494100

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £5 (including Gift Aid), Concessions £4.50 (including Gift Aid).


RHS members

Free access applies throughout open period (excluding special events).

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled facilities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Toilets

Features

  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Herbaceous border
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is an early 18th-century, Grade II listed walled garden, rescued by volunteers more than 30 years ago. Our 4ha (10a) contain the Jacobean (Grade I) Hall, which is now privately owned and run separately as a hotel. More than 600 species of, mainly pre-1760, plants and fruit are cared for, as well as 2km (1.2mi) of yew, holly, hornbeam and box hedging and 0.5km (0.3mi) of 18th–19th-century tall brick walling.

Formal borders and walks which make up eight acres, espaliered orchards and a holly maze are contrasted with the more informal spaces, naturalised snowdrops and, outside the walls, a wildflower area, family friendly dipping ponds and bird spotting stations.

There has been a garden here for more than 400 years and is now a rare survival of pre-Capability Brown garden design. During the 17th–18th century, the Bridgeman family developed and extended the gardens to the designs of George London and William Winde; the prestigious garden and country house designers of the time. Although not a botanic institution, the historic species planting positively contributes to maintaining historic data and biodiversity.

The fashion seeking Sir Henry Bridgeman (1725-1800) can be thanked for the completeness of the current Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. Sir Henry commissioned Lancelot Brown to reconfigure the garden of his ‘other house’ at Weston Park from 1766. When Sir Henry inherited the title and moved to Weston Park, Castle Bromwich was left in the ‘old style’.

Later planting left the main structures intact, to be discovered, and still cared for, by volunteers of the Trust. Projects in 2017 include renewing the old Gardener’s viewing gazebo, further work on the Lower Wilderness and renewing trees in the Orchard. Although set only yards from junction five of the M6, the garden is a quiet green haven from the hectic and industrialised surroundings.

Plants of special interest

  • Conifers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Hellebores
  • Lavender
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers